Jessica “Evil” Eye overcame a tough opponent and a rain-soaked cage en route to her seventh straight victory tonight at NAAFS: “Fight Night In The Flats 9” in Cleveland, Ohio. Eye outpointed veteran Brazilian contender Carina “Barbie” Damm in tonight’s 132-pound catchweight main event.
Eye got off to a strong start in the first round and she scored with quick punches, but Damm rallied in round two and dropped the hometown star with a head kick. A failed takedown from Damm in the final round allowed Eye to take top position and that earned her the win on the scorecards.
Eye (10-1-0), who was competing for the first time since suffering a serious back injury in March, jabbed and landed leg kicks early in tonight’s bout. She backed Damm (17-9-0) up against the cage with a combination, but Damm was game and she landed a slashing elbow over the top. Eye landed a one-two and backed away, and she countered Damm’s kicks with straight rights in the late stages of the round.
The middle stanza began with a clinch and Eye held Damm against the cage. The Brazilian broke away and she landed two left hooks that were answered by more straight punches from Eye. Damm stepped forward and landed a left high kick that wobbled Eye. She staggered backwards on the rain-covered canvas and fell to the mat, but recovered quickly and got back to her feet. In the final minute, Damm caught a kick and took Eye down. She struck from the top until the bell.
With the fight even after two rounds, Damm kept up her aggression in the final round with a variety of kicks. Eye jabbed and landed one-two combinations. She connected with an overhand right and Damm threw more kicks. She attempted to throw Eye to the mat, but it backfired and Damm wound up on the bottom. Eye punched from Damm’s guard and soon returned to her feet. Damm followed and landed two leg kicks, but the late-fight top control from Eye proved to be the difference maker.
All three judges scored the close fight 29-28 in Eye’s favour. She stated after the bout that she was still recovering from the March back injury, but had not wanted to let her hometown Cleveland fans down by not competing. Eye has won seven straight fights since she suffered her lone career defeat two years ago at NAAFS: “Fight Night In The Flats 7.”
Winner: Jessica Eye by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) after three rounds. She improves to 10-1-0.
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